A Spreading and Abiding Hope: A Vision for Evangelical Theopolitics

A Spreading and Abiding Hope: A Vision for Evangelical Theopolitics

by Jacob Shatzer, D. Stephen Long

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Every tradition has its surprising voices, its thinkers who look at things slightly differently than most. Evangelicalism is no exception. Many surprising evangelical voices end up being embarrassments of one sort or another: everyone can choose their favorite example of this phenomenon! Rather than seeking to expose these sorts of negative surprises, this book explores the surprising voice of the late evangelical theologian A. J. Conyers. Conyers's political theology is a resource for a robust evangelical theopolitical imagination. By learning from Conyers, evangelicals can overcome common weaknesses and engage in a more thoroughly Christian, biblical, and evangelical approach to the modern world and its various institutions and challenges. Conyers speaks beyond evangelicalism as well. His vision of the modern world, including its development and major challenges, provides insight into contemporary political theology. His work on the nation-state, free-market capitalism, and the notions of toleration and vocation speaks into and advances important debates. Thus Conyers's evangelical political theology provides both the evangelical tradition itself, as well as political theology as a broader discipline, with a compelling and challenging vision.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498279253
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Series: Theopolitical Visions , #18
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jacob Shatzer (PhD, Marquette University) is assistant professor of biblical and theological studies at Sterling College in Kansas.

Table of Contents

Foreword D. Stephen Long ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Evangelical Theology and Political Formation 1

1 The Theology and Politics That Influenced Conyers 20

2 Conyers's Theological Work 59

3 The Myth of "Toleration" 74

4 The Return of Vocation 119

5 A Vocational Political Theology 144

Conclusion: A Path Forward? 178

Bibliography 189

Index 199

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